Thursday, 2 May 2013

Questions (122)

Dan Neville

Question:

122. Deputy Dan Neville asked the Minister for Social Protection further to Parliamentary Question No. 341 of 23 April 2013, if the application can be reviewed again (details supplied). [20951/13]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

There are two conditions that must be satisfied in order to qualify for treatment benefit. The person referred to would have needed to fulfil the following two conditions at the time of his death in order for his wife to qualify for treatment benefit now: have 156 qualifying PRSI contributions paid since first starting work, and have 26 of these contributions paid or credited in either 1974 or 1975, the relevant contribution years prior to his death. While he met the first condition, with a total of 839 paid contributions paid since he commenced employment, he did not fulfil the second condition, having no contributions or credits recorded in either 1974 or 1975. As he was not eligible for treatment benefit prior to his death, his wife does not now qualify for treatment benefit on his PRSI record.